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AGITPROPcollaboration | AGITPROP http://agitpropspace.org Knowledge toolkits to go Sun, 14 Feb 2016 17:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Enabling Neighborhoods http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/15/enabling-neighborhoods/ http://agitpropspace.org/2012/10/15/enabling-neighborhoods/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 08:27:57 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=7098 From October 4th through December 14th 2012 Agitprop will be participating in Living As Form (the Nomadic Version) at the University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego.  This is an exciting exhibition student writing paper because we get to team up with some really great people on this project.  For this exhibition Agitprop and collaborators (Rosanne Anthony, Josh Bellfy, Joy Boe and Kirk Hinkleman) are doing as follows:

Enabling Neighborhoods

For Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) Agitprop will facilitate an incubator project called Connect San Diego (CSD).  CSD is spearheaded by Kirk Hinkleman whose aim is to design a program that assists people with developmental disabilities in establishing independent living practices through the mapping of localized “assets”.  This program typically begins with what is called a “Person Centered Plan” that diagrams the goals of an individual so as to specify relevant assets to be mapped.  “Assets” can range from technological devices, to the available knowledge of fellow community members, to the physical designs of the built environment, and so on.

In the incubator space occupying the UAG Agitprop will implement a strategy of “asset mapping” to extract knowledge resources at the UC San Diego campus as a method of assisting Hinkleman in developing CSD.  This will result in a series of meetings with researchers from UCSD in the gallery space whose work may inform Hinkleman’s development of CSD as it emerges as a practice.

In parallel, CSD will apply strategies of asset mapping typically used in assisting people with developmental disabilities to Agitprop.  This allows Agitprop to act as case study for CSD while simultaneously establishing a plan of action for Agitprop as a project to evolve over time. These meetings will take place in the incubator space at the UAG as well.  All meetings will result in a series of workshopped diagrams that record the planning process and those involved.

Visitors with relevant knowledge to share with either of these projects are also encouraged to attend these meetings.

Additional partners in this installation include Rosanne Anthony, Joshua Bellfy and Joy Boe.

Dates and times of meetings:

    • Oct 9th 10am-12pm – Agitprop – “Person Centered Plan”
    • Oct 30th 12pm -2pm –  How to begin CSD?
    • Nov. 13th 10am-12pm – Other strategies of asset mapping?  
    • Dec. 11th 10am-12pm – CSD/Agitprop combined final meeting.

Some images of the installation:

photos courtesy of Joy Boe

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2837 University- Videos from first meeting http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/12/2837-university-videos-from-first-meeting/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/08/12/2837-university-videos-from-first-meeting/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:52:01 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=2941 The first projects of the 2837 University are underway.  Here are two videos that we used to begin the conversations.  The first is from a talk by Sir Ken Robinson on changing educational paradigms.  While our humble project obviously is not directly connected to schools etc. one aspect that we hoped would come out of it was a platform for re-thinking the way people (of all ages) learn. As you can see from the original CFP back in January of 2011 many of the ideas contained within this video run in parallel to the foundational ideas of the project and the statement composed by the initial participating group.

A second goal of the 2837 University is to unearth some aspects of the neighborhood that are overlooked, underutilized or undervalued and then to eventually use this information to help maximize the use of these spaces and eventually have these spaces become the “campus” itself. To begin we watched an oldie but a goodie: The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H. Whyte. It is an examination of what makes public spaces socially functional. While not directly related to overpasses or small business that create micro-communities this video is a good starting point as a strategy for looking at both of these spaces.

If you still would like to participate in either of these projects, feel free to jump in at any time. These projects are an open forum. The next meeting is Saturday 8/13 at 1pm (Non-Articulated Communities) and 3pm (Crossing I-805) at Agitprop and continue every Saturday until September 10th.

Enjoy:

William H. Whyte – Social Life of Small Urban Places from Robin van Emden on Vimeo.

 

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Gardening as an act of Resistance: a conversation with Elizabeth Chaney July 21, 2011 5-6 PM http://agitpropspace.org/2011/07/06/gardening-as-an-act-of-resistance-a-conversation-with-elizabeth-chaney-july-21-2011-5-6-pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/07/06/gardening-as-an-act-of-resistance-a-conversation-with-elizabeth-chaney-july-21-2011-5-6-pm/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 04:39:06 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=2662

Thursday, July 21, 2011 – 5-6 PM

MCASD La Jolla

Gardening as an act of Resistance: a conversation with Elizabeth Chaney


Perspectives is a new series that invites the public to take a seat at the table with artists, curators, and specialists in various fields of knowledge, and enrich discussions about works of art or exhibitions with thought-provoking questions, new concepts, and fresh perspectives.

Join us as Elizabeth Chaney describes work with a collective of organizations surrounding a garden that spans the articulated U.S./Mexico border as it climbs Monument Mesa from the Pacific.

Perspectives talks are meant to provide everyone involved with the opportunity to voice their opinion and take part in an engaged discussion.

This event is free and will take place in MCASD La Jolla’s thoughtLAB.

 

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Balloon Mapping with Stephanie Lie http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/19/balloon-mapping-with-stephanie-lie/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/19/balloon-mapping-with-stephanie-lie/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 00:39:06 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1702

This past weekend as part of the 2837 University project Stephanie Lie led a Aerial Balloon Mapping project using a weather balloon with point and shoot camera attached to it. The camera was programmed to take photos at spaced intervals of time. The balloon was tethered to three different lines for stability and control by the operators. This was a one day event that we hope will be indicative of some of the courses the 2837 University will offer this summer. Participants included: Cristina, Mina, Liz, Brent, Omar and John and Byron. These photos are from Switzer Canyon near 28th and Maple.

City of San Diego Parks and Recreation map of the trails in Switzer Canyon: http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/pdf/switzertrailmap.pdf

Lie is also in the process of photographing and documenting San Elijo Lagoon. The photos below are from along highway 1 from Las Olas restaurant to Seaside beach. She hopes that this technique can used for people to make a personalized, localized “google earth” type image of their own; and to document particular explorations for comparative examination.

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Public Intersect – Anyang Redux http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/15/public-intersect-anyang-redux/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/15/public-intersect-anyang-redux/#comments Sun, 15 May 2011 20:58:47 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1624

 

 

PUBLIC INTERSECT: ANYANG REDUX

May 20 through July 1st, 2011

The Periscope Project

300 Block / 15th Street / Downtown San Diego

Contact: Chuck Miller  info@theperiscopeproject.org

The Periscope Project for Art + Architecture will present Public Intersect: Anyang

Redux from May 20 to June 24 2011. Simply, the exhibition will showcase graduate

student responses to the thematics developed by professor Kyong Park in his role as

director of the 2010 Anyang Public Arts Project (APAP 2010). Yet the exhibition

emerges not via typical institutional hierarchies (Institution > Curator > Artist), but from a

set of informal dialogs forming a horizontal nexus of agents. This dynamic will hopefully

become analogous to the relationship of the exhibition space to its content: moving

beyond a simple showcase, The Periscope Project seeks to provide a platform upon

which to test the relevancy of hypothetical aesthetic responses outside of their native

institutional framework.

Sybil Wendler, the exhibition’s original organizer, encapsulated the thematics of APAP

2010 as follows. “APAP 2010 begins the artistic and polemic discourse about the

current on-going erasure of the older architectonic landscape in cities throughout South

Korea. The destruction and rebuilding affects the ideation of time and memory of the

vanished spaces by creating a compressed temporality for the transient population that

inhabits the newly built neighborhoods and commercial centers. Continuing this thread,

APAP 2010, as a municipally funded project, attempts to mediate the breakage

between history and place, residents and memory that occurs with redevelopment.”

In the winter of 2011, Park prompted graduate students to produce a hypothetical

project responding to the core problematic of the APAP 2010: what is at stake,

culturally and politically, as redevelopment initiatives erase the spatial referents of

place?

A loose consortium of the students, Park himself, and The Periscope Project, has

challenged the “hypothetical” nature of the initial prompt, symptomatic perhaps of the

brevity of an academic quarter, and UCSD’s sprawling remove from any notable urban

coherency. Via The Periscope Project, these projects have the opportunity to engage

with urban narratives outside of the UCSD ivory tower, where new resonance between

the otherwise disparate locales of Anyang and San Diego, or between The Periscope

Project and the APAP 2010 initiative, comes to the fore. But this is only half of the

equation.

 

www.theperiscopeproject.org

The artists represented in Public Intersect have their own voices and their own

agency, to respond to the initial prompt with embrace or rejection, or a critical

balancing of the two. Platforming the results, new tangents, critical perspectives, and

material realizations enrich the dialog. The emerging program at Periscope attempts to

triangulate a dialog between the artists / students, the prompts of their pedagog, and

the analogous problematics that APAP and The Periscope Project confront.

The exhibited works themselves present a broad spectrum of approaches. From

Jamilah Abdul-Sabur’s choreographic / sculptural response to Anyang’s Manan Bridge,

to Misael Diaz’s protracted collaborations with Tijuana street vendors proximate to the

redevelopment of San Ysidro’s Port of Entry, to Josh Tonies’ designerly / dystopic reimagining

of San Diego’s Horton Plaza, Stephanie Lie’s conceptual paralleling of

Lagoon preserves in north San Diego County with Anyang’s water parks and artificial

creeks, and Sam Kronick’s playful appropriation and application of American suburbia’s

mediated artifacts. The projects operate as visual object lessons working across formal,

representational, poetic, technological and conceptual registers. Such will set the stage

for dynamic conversations to follow.

OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, May 20 / 7 – 10PM

The Periscope Project / 300 block of 15th Street

PANEL DISCUSSION with Kyong Park, Teddy Cruz, Featured Artists and The

Periscope Project

Wednesday, June 8 / 6pm

 

 

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Orientation Day – the 2837 University May 14th 2-6pm http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/10/orientation-day-the-2837-university-may-14th-2-6pm/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/10/orientation-day-the-2837-university-may-14th-2-6pm/#comments Wed, 11 May 2011 05:41:31 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1394 Orientation Day Saturday May 14th 2011 2-6pm

Agitprop
 2837 University Ave 
San Diego, CA 92104

In January Agitprop conducted a 6-week study to see if a “University” could be assembled out of existing spaces in North Park and environs. This study was done through a call for participation.  The subsequent 30 or so participants in the study included educators, activists, small business advocates and artists.  The conclusion was an astounding “Yes”, it could be done.  The 2837 University is moving forward and in doing so is asking for further participation.  On May 14th 2011 from 2-6pm we will be holding a one-day series of events to bring attention to the 2837 University project and promote upcoming “courses” being offered this summer.

 

More info here: http://agitpropspace.org/the-2837-university/

Orientation events:

Aerial Balloon Mapping with Stephanie Lie- meets @ Agitprop 2pm-4pm

Using a camera attached to a tethered weather balloon, participants in the workshop will take aerial photographs of the environs surrounding Agitprop to produce an alternative map of their neighborhood.

Organic Boundaries with Lori Lipsman @ Agitprop space 2pm-6pm

Using a blank map, participants will outline their perspective on what the un-official boundaries of North Park are.

Fish Cutting Demonstration-  meets @ Sea Rocket Bistro  3pm

Sea Rocket Bistro
3382 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-7049

Sea Rocket Bistro, a restaurant that focuses on local food, will be doing a Fish Cutting Demonstration. Executive Chef Chad White will show you what to look for to ensure you pick the freshest fish possible from your fishmonger, show you how to cut and fillet a whole fish, and offer ideas on how to prepare particular kinds of fish for the best tasting meal!

Tire Inflation Free Clinic with Richard Gleaves @ Agitprop space and nearby 2pm-5pm
Tire Inflation Free Clinic gives drivers useful tips and info on maintaining proper air pressure in the tires of their cars.

By maintaining proper pressure in their tires, drivers can improve their gas mileage and save up to $200 per year in gasoline costs.

i like your parking by Jenn Moreno – ongoing around North Park 3-6pm

i like your parking is a zine distributing project for the etiquette of parking your vehicle in the City of San Diego. As an ongoing participatory piece, i like your parking, asks the average driver to be on alert for those who break the common courtesy rules forparallel parking.

2837 University Q&A with Agitprop director David White  at Agitprop 6pm

Have questions about the 2837 University? What is it? Why are we doing it? What conclusions did we come to during the study? How can you be involved?  This will be a time to ask and get more info!

RSVP for any of the above events to: contact@agitpropspace.org

Above events are free, but donations gladly accepted

Also, Courtesy of “The Boulevard: the El Cajon Business Improvement Association”
Taste of Little Saigon
Saturday, May 14th, 1 – 4 pm

Price: $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event
Presale tickets available at Hoai Hue – 4660 El Cajon Boulevard #102

Experience the Little Saigon District, Taste a variety of Vietnamese Food, and Embrace the Culture of the San Diego’s Vietnamese Community on El Cajon Boulevard

Restaurant Participants: A Chau, Pho King , Minh Hoa, Song Huong Food To Go , Hoai Hue, Cali Baguette Express, Maxim’s Seafood Restaurant

Public Readings from the 2011 One Book, One San Diego selection, The Ganster We are All Looking For

Free Guided walking tours available to Taste of Little Saigon participants

Brought to you in partnership with the Little Saigon Foundation, El Cajon Boulevard BIA and One Book One Saigon

Contact Beryl Forman for more information: beryl@theboulevard.org or (619)283-3608

http://www.theboulevard.org/ArtDistrict/boulevardartdistrict_home.htm


 

Also as part of the Orientation day:

Closing Reception for:

Inside the Digital Scriptorium: New Works by Tim Schwartz

Closing Reception – 7pm-10pm, May 14, 2011

@ Agitprop  -2837 University Ave. (entrance on Utah.)

Inside the Digital Scriptorium is the culmination of a five month trip
 around the United States by artist Tim Schwartz, exploring what might
 be lost as archives, museums, and libraries become digital. The works 
in this show attempt to identify the space between physical objects 
and their digital surrogates and in some cases fill that gap. The
 works include a series of botanical prints which explore the loss 
between high resolution scans and archival web images, a pair of books
 which identify the space between a physical and digital book, and a 
set of pages from various authors that investigate with a missing page 
from the wild west.

 

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“Green Light” from Collective Magpie http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/10/green-light-from-magpie-collective/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/10/green-light-from-magpie-collective/#comments Tue, 10 May 2011 17:02:35 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1377

 

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Mark Wallace, India Radfar & Simone Forti at Agitprop http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/01/mark-wallace-india-radfar-simone-forti-at-agitprop/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/05/01/mark-wallace-india-radfar-simone-forti-at-agitprop/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 06:13:11 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=1115 We hope you can join us on Saturday, May 7 at 7pm for an evening of fiction, poetry and dance with Mark Wallace, India Radfar and Simone Forti, and check out the current show at Agitprop, “Inside the Digital Scriptorium: New Works by Tim Schwartz.”


Mark Wallace is the author of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and he has co-edited two essay collections, Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s, and A Poetics of Criticism. Most recently he has published a novel, The Quarry and The Lot (2011), and a book of poems, Felonies of Illusion (2008).

India Radfar is the author of four books of poetry: India Poem (Pir Press), the desire to meet with the beautiful (Tender Buttons Press), Breathe (Shivastan Publications) and most recently, Position & Relation (Station Hill/Barrytown Books) and one chapbook, 12 Poems That Were Never Written (Mind Made Books). She has lived in Los Angeles for the past 6 years. See more at http://www.stationhill.org/station-hill-books/authors/india-hixon-radfar

Simone Forti began dancing in 1955 with Anna Halprin, who was doing pioneering work in the teaching and performing of dance improvisation. In New York City, Forti studied composition at the Merce Cunningham studio with musicologist /dance educator Robert Dunn, who was introducing dancers to the scores of John Cage. Thus she began her association with the Judson Dance Theater Group which revolutionized dance in New York in the 1960s. From her early minimalist dance/constructions through her animal studies, news animations and land portraits, Forti has worked with an eye towards creating idioms for exploring natural forms and behaviors. Over the past fifteen years Forti has been developing Logomotion, an improvisational dance/narrative form wherein movement and words spring spontaneously from a common source. Her book Handbook In Motion was published in 1974 by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and she writes regularly for the Contact Quarterly Dance Journal and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Inside the Digital Scriptorium is the culmination of a five month trip
around the United States by artist Tim Schwartz, exploring what might
be lost as archives, museums, and libraries become digital. The works
in this show attempt to identify the space between physical objects
and their digital surrogates and in some cases fill that gap. The
works include a series of botanical prints which explore the loss
between high resolution scans and archival web images, a pair of books
which identify the space between a physical and digital book, and a
set of pages from various authors that investigate with a missing page
from the wild west.

Agitprop readings are free, but wine and donations to the gallery are always welcome.

We hope to see you there and for festivities before and afterward.

Agitprop
Saturday, May 7, 7pm
2837 University Avenue in North Park (Entrance on Utah, behind Glenn’s Market)
San Diego, CA 92104
619.384.7989

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Slide Projector http://agitpropspace.org/2011/04/07/slide-projector/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/04/07/slide-projector/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 20:57:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=844

S L I D E  P R O J E C T O R

Seven artists use 35mm slide projectors. Fetish, memorial, utility, folk and spook, this exhibition is an exploration into the collective interest of this popular viewing device.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Ela Boyd, Micki Davis, Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Sheryl Oring, Katrin Pesch, Vabianna Santos & Joe Yorty

AGITPROP, 2837 University Ave. (behind Glenn’s Market in North Park)

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 · 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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The 2837 University http://agitpropspace.org/2011/01/05/the-2837-university/ http://agitpropspace.org/2011/01/05/the-2837-university/#comments Thu, 06 Jan 2011 04:31:26 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=772

Agitprop: Call for Participation

From January 29th though March 5th 2011 Agitprop will be conducting a workshop in conjunction with the 2010 California Biennial.  This workshop will take place at the Agitprop space in North Park (San Diego).

The title of the project is The 2837 UniversityThe 2837 University will examine spaces in the neighborhood nearby the Agitprop space that are sites of knowledge construction- that is, places where people learn something through the exchange of ideas.  These spaces can range from a table at a coffee shop where two individuals engage in conversation to more formalized instructional centers.

The 2837 University will be broken down into two parts:  The first several meetings will focus on examining what and why we are looking at these spaces (see ‘Conceptual Framework’ below). The second part will ask participants to enter the neighborhood and document the spaces in question through the use of video, photos, interviews, drawings, paintings, etc, etc.

The goal of this course is to act as a participatory feasibility study in order to determine if Agitprop should expand its interests into the field of education and to see if a “university” could be pieced together from preexisting spaces that lend themselves to the construction of some form of knowledge.

The workshop will convene every Saturday from 3-5pm during the dates stated above. Registration is free.

To register, or for further information, email contact@agitpropspace.org with 2837 University in the subject line.

Thank you and we hope you participate!

David White and Edward Sterrett

Agitprop

Conceptual Framework:

The 2837 University is a project that re-imagines the Agitprop space and the surrounding neighborhood as the site of a micro-university, with the goal of opening a conversation about re-purposing the concept of University Education in the context of the ongoing critique of the corporatization of the University. We will begin by investigating the relation of the construction of a mass consumer class in the US after WWII and the formulation of a new concept of individuality that borrowed its notion of self-expression from the legacy of Romanticism, all the while yoking the seeming freedom of expression to the profit system of hyper-inflated production and infinite obsolescence. As the university system is increasingly dominated by corporate interest, the very notion of the student is replaced by that of the consumer, and the value of a university education is understood strictly in terms of the acquisition of readily available skills and knowledge bases that are immediately transferable to exchange value. We might begin from the question of what has been lost; what was the notion of the university student before it became the university consumer? And we might begin provisionally with the idea that education, the work of the student, is to come to terms with a freedom that, far from being the trap of infinite choice that masks itself as the freedom of a consumer class, is in fact the work that one does on oneself in order to free oneself from one’s limitations. The question remains, how to construct one’s own individuality without succumbing to the myopia that characterizes the absolute atomization of a self-interested consumer class, how to reclaim and reconstruct a social fabric that is not at all points grounded in the logic of the market, and how the structure of the University itself, which encourages the excessive borrowing, atomized suburban living arrangements and passive resistance strategies characteristic of the trap of the consumer class, can be retooled to encourage and make possible the work of the student, a work that continues despite all these hindrances, perhaps we could rethink the University as a space which is made by the work of the student however and wherever that may take place? The 2837 University will run from January to March of 2011; during this time the space will also play host to a series of installations, screenings, and performances that address and contribute to the conversation initiated by the project.

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD! 2010 http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/22/there-goes-the-neighborhood/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/22/there-goes-the-neighborhood/#comments Sun, 23 May 2010 00:23:30 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=683

There Goes the Neighborhood! is a four day event that not only hopes to shed light on issues of art and its relationship to a specific community, but to also re-examine, through artistic interventions, some aspects of the neighborhood that are sometimes overlooked. There Goes the Neighborhood! has been organized by a group of artists, architects, and interested parties as a way to initiate a conversation about the dynamics of the neighborhood. Our intention, and why you are now reading this, is to include as many people in the discussion as possible. We hope to see to you there!

Schedule of Events

Thursday June 3rd

6pm – 7pm Music show on the Bus driving to the San Diego Museum of Art
7pm – 7:30pm Vibrating Milk at the San Diego Museum of Art
7:30pm – 9pm Paneldiscussion at the San Diego Museum of Art on”Art, Neighborhood and Gentrification”with City Councilmember Todd Gloria, Architect Ted Smith,

Artist/Gallerist Lynn Suscholz, and Artist Susannah Bielak

Friday June 4th

7pm – 8 pm Pastoral poetry reading curated by Lorraine Graham as part of the Agitprop Reading and Performance Series
8pm – 11pm Music show on the Bus: Mission:Valley, Riververb, Innerds

Saturday June 5th

10am – 5pm KTGN radio broadcast
10am – noon Brunch & artist talk at the Chicken Pie Shop
noon – 3pm Bicycle tour of thrift stores with Joe Yorty
2pm – 4pm Could __ be a classroom? a silk-screening workshop at a local laundromat with Eddie Miramontes
3pm – 4pm Free Space walking tour with Megan Willis
6pm – 11pm Music show on the Bus driving to the opening of Here Not There at MCASD La Jolla and Red Ball at Sushi

Sunday June 6th

10am – 5pm KTGN radio broadcast
noon – 3pm Luncheon on the Grass at Agitprop and the Bus
2pm – 5pm Turn Up Everything synthpack workshop with Michael Trigilio
2pm – 3pm Homeland Security walking tour with Leslie Ryan
3pm – 4pm Yard by Yard talk, and walking tour with Lesley Stern
6pm – 9pm Taking Up Space a New Orleans-style procession by artist Jessica Sledge.
Tati to the Streets by Micki Davis along the procession route
Microcinemafilm screening curated by Cauleen Smith along the procession route

http://theregoes.org/

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Brain Trust II http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/19/brain-trust-ii/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/05/19/brain-trust-ii/#comments Thu, 20 May 2010 04:32:09 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=678

Please join us this Friday May 21st for a second iteration of the “Brain Trust” while also enjoying the mytho-poetic visual stylings of Louis M. Schmidt and Chris Kardambikis.  ”Brain Trust II” is part of a series of events leading up to There Goes the Neighborhood! http://theregoes.org/.  So please join us to find out what the “Brain Trust” is, learn more about upcoming events and most importantly discuss and debate what all of these events are about.  There will be a short presentation on the Brain Trust, Agitprop itself, There Goes the Neighborhood and other upcoming projects. Refreshments served. See you Friday!

Text from the original “Brain Trust” Exhibition at Art Produce Gallery:

“Agitprop is a space in North Park that attempts to blur the lines between individual art practice, the Studio, the Gallery and the Neighborhood. These attempts have taken the form of the Agitprop space itself, exhibitions, literary readings, live art critiques, artwork in empty storefronts and collaborations with other neighborhood entities. “Brain Trust” asks you to become a participant and facilitator of future projects. The Agitprop “Brain Trust” is established through Brain Blocks, small concrete sculptures that are equivalent in volume to an actual human brain. Brain Blocks turn corporate and art world institutional conventions on their head as a method of generating support for projects based on connectivity and community at the scale of the neighborhood. The initiation of Agitprop as a space, and subsequently the “Brain Trust” project, stems from an examination and response to current art-supportive structures and artists’ relationships to local communities. While many art-supportive structures are based on the commodification of the work of art or non-profit funding that is dependant on corporate trickle down economics, this project asks the question “Is it possible to have a local art practice supported by those who that practice targets?” Brain Blocks when purchased act as sculptural stock in Agitprop. Sculptural shareholders will be asked for input and feedback on future projects, which will therefore influence the project’s outcome, thus establishing a local practice linked to a local network of individuals.”

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UCSD OPEN STUDIOS! http://agitpropspace.org/2010/04/03/ucsd-open-studios/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/04/03/ucsd-open-studios/#comments Sat, 03 Apr 2010 18:10:28 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=635

Whether constructing a massive decomposing stalactite from iron and fiberglass, recording a pirated copy of Avatar onto a virtual rotating sphere, or painting vibrant portals leading to the past’s sexy future, the visual artists of UCSD’s highly praised MFA program have practices spanning a wide range of disciplines that evoke a dialogue of remarkable currency. The artists’ works range from technological investigations and information visualizations to social interventions and material practices, all the while questioning and creating relationships with art history, critical theory, visual studies, art activism, and public culture.

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Art Tap Out 3 @ MCASD afterthoughts from the ref http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/29/art-tap-out-3-mcasd-afterthoughts-from-the-ref/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/29/art-tap-out-3-mcasd-afterthoughts-from-the-ref/#comments Tue, 30 Mar 2010 01:55:12 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=580

photo by Josh Bellfy

photo by Josh Bellfy

photo by Josh Bellfy

photo by Josh Bellfy

First and foremost: Thank you to all those who participated and made Art Tap Out a success.

Thank you’s to:

Kevin Freitas – critic

Omar Pimienta – artist Round 1 presenting “Lady Libertad”

Suzanne Wright – artist Round 2 presenting “The Whole Future”

Micha Cardenas and Elle Mehrmand – artists Round 3 presenting “technésexual”

Also thank you to:

Megan Willis, Eddie Miramontes, Il Young Son, Josh Bellfy, Joy Boe, and Mike Lohr

and  of course the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Also, as usual, the audience played such an important role in this event.  Thank you all who participated.

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Art Tap Out 3 is over and in post-event conversation there seems to be some ongoing dialogue about some of the issues raised during the event by each artist’s work.  This dialogue also raises questions about the positive aspects of Art Tap Out as well as it’s limitations. Each round contained interesting questions. Some of these, from my point of view in the ring, were:

Round 1

In practices that purport to create works which are socially beneficial to a certain group, would those resources used to create that work be better allocated by the people within the targeted group rather than filtered through an artist? Does this create a heirarchical situation? Is the role of the artist to create conditions rather than simply distribute resources?

Round 2

Is amateur psychoanalysis a good starting point for the critique and defense of a work of art? Should childhood experiences be so thoroughly examined and expounded upon when what is presented is clearly addressing issues other than this subjective interpretation?

Is it still an effective strategy to use the image of an “idealized” woman in the critique of the representation of women?  Does this continue to perpetuate these stereotypes?

Round 3

In a culture where violence is so prevalent that the form of the “ring of combat” is so easily recognizable and accepted, why does the performance of two naked, embracing bodies still create such visceral reactions? What is the relationship between virtual embracing bodies and material embracing bodies? Can the virtual (second life and performance) convey the intimacy of two beings together? Was this gratuitous sex or an intimate moment made public through performative actions? or both?

If the safety of institutions removes the possibility of a work of art engaging an audience at the level of the social and/or the political in any real, lasting terms, doesn’t that make the forum of Art Tap Out itself redundant?

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All interesting questions and of course not comprehensive.

Additionally, people continue to call for the declaration of winners. In my opinion deeming one side a winner circumvents the underlying idea of what Art Tap Out is about to begin with: dialogue, with art as its starting point.

These are the thoughts from the perspective of being inside the ring. Below are images and video of the work to assist in the conversation. Comments gladly welcomed.

-David

Round 1 -Omar Pimienta “Lady Libertad”

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

"Lady Libertad" Omar Pimienta

Round 2 -Suzanne Wright “The Whole Future”

"The Whole Future" Suzanne Wright

Round 3 -Micha Cardenas & Elle Mehrmand

technesexual excerpt // Duke University // Micha Cárdenas and Elle Mehrmand from azdel slade on Vimeo.

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Art Tap Out 3 @ TNT http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/22/art-tap-out-3-tnt/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/22/art-tap-out-3-tnt/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:09:40 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=570

ART TAP OUT 3  THIS THURSDAY AT TNT  7-9pm

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard
(between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
858 454 3541

TNT info here

The third installment of Art Tap Out is here!  This time at the MCASD downtown for TNT. For those not familiar with ATO it is an event that pits artist against critic in a ring resembling underground pugilism, ultimate fighting or cock fighting. As usual Kevin Freitas of Art As Authority will be in the critic’s slot throwing down verbal punches!  Audience participation is strongly encouraged (in fact, it is what this is all about).

In the ring this time is:

Omar Pimienta

Micha Cardenas & Elle Mermand

Suzanne Wright

SEE YOU THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE FIGHTS!

(don’t be late)

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SPACE/R – sound event http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/22/spacer-sound-event/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/22/spacer-sound-event/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 02:36:43 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=567

SPACE/R

personnel:  Mark Wooton & Alan Rosenblum

preoccupations:  space, collage, process, collaboration, synthesis, memory, emotion & beauty.

tools: mainly electronic, sometimes acoustic or vocal & always treated.

sources: our daily world, programmed or sampled sounds, voices & waves from the ether.

program: composed ideas & segments improvised in a process of mutual feedback.

Friday March 25 2010  7pm

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Film Screening, Gathering and Initiative Signing http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/15/film-screening-gathering-and-initiative-signing/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/03/15/film-screening-gathering-and-initiative-signing/#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2010 21:28:19 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=556

This Friday and Saturday Agitprop is looking for you to do your part in getting the “Lakoff Initiative” on the ballet. There is not much time so please stop by the space on Friday from noon to 5 or Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm to sign a form to get this initiative on the ballot.  WE print it out, WE stuff envelopes, YOU simply sign it.  We will also have a few snacks and some films on hand for you to enjoy.  Or you can sign and leave, or sign and just hang out for some good conversation…

Schedule of Films

Friday:

12:30 Killing Creativity: Are Schools or Parents to Blame

Looks at a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters.

1:30 The Water is Ours, Damn It!

Tells the story of how the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia fought to take back control of their water after it was privatized.

2:00 The Corporation

Explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.

3:30 Capitalism Hits the Fan

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

Saturday:

10:00 am- coffee and bagels

12:00 pm- Killing Creativity: Are Schools or Parents to Blame

Looks at a group of 25 seven-year-olds and their families in order to study childhood creativity, why it frequently fades, and why it matters.

2:00 pm- The Water is Ours, Damn It!

Tells the story of how the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia fought to take back control of their water after it was privatized.

3:00 pm- The Corporation

explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time.

5:30 pm- Capitalism Hits the Fan

University of Massachusetts Economics Professor Richard Wolff breaks down the root causes of today’s economic crisis, showing how it was decades in the making and in fact reflects seismic failures within the structures of American-style capitalism itself.

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For more info on the Lakoff initiative click here

“The California Democracy Act, a non-partisan constitutional amendment authored by UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, consists in its entirety of a mere 14 words:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

California is one of the only states in the nation to constitutionally give a 34 percent minority of its state representatives direct control over all such legislation-thereby ensuring the budget and revenue gridlock we are experiencing.

California is in the middle of an unprecedented economic crisis requiring fundamental new approaches for resolution. Creativity is essential as we are currently unable to implement more obvious solutions to resolving the crisis. For example, we are also one of the only significant oil producing states that fails to charge oil companies an extraction tax on the oil they pump-even Governor Sarah Palin prided herself on taxing Alaska’s oil profiteers. …

George Lakoff gave a talk last week at UCSD.  As you may know, he is organizing a drive to put a proposition on the ballot that would end the 2/3 rule that currently makes it impossible for the state of California to raise revenue or to pass a budget without the consent of a militant Republican minority intent on starving the state to death. The initiative has 5 weeks to gather the necessary 1.2 million signatures.”


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Coatlicue mi Amor – mi Amor http://agitpropspace.org/2010/02/17/coatlicue-mi-amor-mi-amor/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/02/17/coatlicue-mi-amor-mi-amor/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:10:21 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=513

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Coatlicue mi Amor http://agitpropspace.org/2010/01/29/coatlicue-mi-amor/ http://agitpropspace.org/2010/01/29/coatlicue-mi-amor/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2010 02:20:27 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=487

The Border Corps, a group of five Southern California artists, musicians and performers, will stage an art happening entitled Coatlicue mi Amor at Agitprop on Saturday, February 13th at 8pm. The event will be a fundraiser for the gallery. Admission is $5.00 and people bringing sketchbooks and pencils to the event will get in for $2.00.

Incorporating weird combinations of materials, sound, the human body, pop culture artifacts and historical sources, the happening will use the myth of Coatlicue to examine the conflicted relationship between indigenous culture and the legacy of colonialism in the Americas.

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Coatlicue, the Aztec earth goddess who preceded the Virgen de Guadalupe, and was thought to be mother of the moon and stars, will be represented using tableaux vivants, painting, spoken word, audio improvisations, video projections and interactive art. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute to the realization of the happening through a set of installations and actions that will allow feedback and commentary on the themes presented during the evening.

“The audience will experience a multi-sensory happening in three parts,” said artist Perry Vasquez, who conceived the happening and then recruited close friends and collaborators to help bring the idea into being. “Our goal is to establish a creative and interactive mood that will feed the mind as well as the body.”

Audience members are encouraged to bring and to approach the happening as a phantasmagoric life drawing class.

The Border Corps members are:
Endy as Coatlicue, the Aztec Earth Goddess and Mother Superior
Perry Vasquez as Father Bartolomé de las Casas, Outer Space Alien
Shondra Dawson as the Visible Woman who Swallowed the World
Armando de la Torre as the Oracle of Sight and Sound
Anthony Vasquez as the Conjurer and Re-enchanter of the Aural Mysteries of Life

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Fringe Theories http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/16/fringe-theories/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/16/fringe-theories/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2009 03:06:39 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=437 conspiracy-card

Opening Reception Saturday, December 12th, 6-9pm

Talk with Mark Van Stone, PhD – “Introduction to the 2012 Issue” at 6pm

Fringe Theories:

Ideas that Depart Significantly from the Prevailing or
Orthodox Views

“A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a
conformist.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In 1633 a weak, despondent, seventy-year old Galileo Galilei, was
brought before the Roman-Catholic Inquisition to defend himself against
charges of heresy. Facing the possible sentences of permanent
imprisonment, torture, and death, Galileo was forced to kneel and
abdicate his belief that the earth revolves around the sun.

Those who enforce the status quo, enforce it hard. Forcing those of us
who question these prevailing theories into a category of outsiders,
extremists, conspiracy theorists.

FRINGE THEORIES considers the work of five artists and scholars that thrive outside of traditional and accepted rules and boundaries.

Writer, scholar, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Mark Van Stone, Ph.D. speaks about the Mayan prophecies of 2012. Also on display are some of Van Stone’s inscription works showing the attention to detail and skill acquired with three decades of calligraphic study.

Photographer Noah Doely creates fantastic and mythological works using antiquated, 19th century photographic techniques. His images invite speculation on The Photographic Truth and the inherent expectations, perceptions, and possible fabrications of the photographic record.

Painter Keith Engeron creates dark yet humorous landscapes borrowing techniques and imagery from Masters of the Modern Art period (Klimt, Van Gogh, and others). His composition utilizes the ironic juxtaposition of this celebrated imagery paired with the iconic and dangerous waste from fast food corporations.

Sculptor DJ Brelje constructs mysterious characters and monstrous creatures composed largely of found objects. These strange and aged objects have already had their own histories, identities, and former lives before becoming the new complex entities with rich, elaborate histories of their own.

Multimedia artist Tony Allard exhibits an iteration of “Drawing in The Media Stream”, a tangible media landscape that reminds us of the media’s power to create “reality” out of what is perhaps only completely fabricated visions of “truth”.

The work on display in FRINGE THEORIES forces us to keep looking forward. The themes remind us that we should not take anything for granted. The artists in the exhibition remind us to always keep an open mind.

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One night of art, performances, sounds, visuals and ephemera by Micki Davis, Liz Chaney, Farrah Emami, Matthew Brooks, Ash Smith, Stephanie Lie and John Benson (that will also be broadcast live in the vicinity of Agitprop on the frequency 104.1FM). Please stop in! (or at minimum listen-in while driving by!)”
READING SERIES CANCELLED THIS MONTH

Saturday Dec 5th 5-7 PM

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The Candy Store: Round-table discussion http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/13/the-candy-store-round-table-discussion/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/11/13/the-candy-store-round-table-discussion/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:06:00 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=449 tobaccobearwithcopyright-email

You are invited to join in a round-table discussion of The Candy Store:

Saturday November 21 @ 7:00 PM

Agitprop (North Park)

2837 University Ave. (behind Glenn’s Market on Utah)

San Diego, CA 92104

contact@agitpropspace.org

The discussion will focus on the project (currently on view at La Casa del Tunel: Art Center in Tijuana) and issues surrounding the general state of healthcare today.   The panel will consist of the artists, a pharmacy owner from Tijuana, and others knowledgeable in the field.  Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences navigating the system and thoughts on issues ranging from health insurance to the marketing of pharmaceuticals and current trends of medicating children with powerful mood altering drugs.  Select objects from The Candy Store will also be on view in the gallery.

“They (The Klines) also poke at the escalating trend of United States residents crossing borders to buy medication from Mexico and Canada that they cannot afford to buy in the States. The added facet of a drug-smuggling tunnel transformed into a cultural venue transformed into a drug store makes the project even more significant, meaningful, timely and edgy.”

-  Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley News Journal

The Candy Store (La dulcifies): Dispensing Truth

“The Candy Store” simultaneously attracts and repels viewers, exposes the inherent conflicts in the international healthcare industry, and the legalities and illegalities in the world of pharmaceuticals.   The Candy Store is a retail space featuring “inconsumable products” made out of controlled substances (a.g. tobacco Teddy bears and Vioxx ceramic candies) adding meaningful visual spectacle and humor to the dialogue surrounding healthcare issues and bridging boundaries between art, science, sociology and activism.

Contact: Agitprop, contact@agitpropspace.org

Debby and Larry Kline 760.432.9436 or Dekline1@yahoo.com

La Casa Del Túnel: Art Center, Luis Ituarte 323.574.9197 or luis_ituarte@hotmail.com

The Klines’ work can be seen at www.jugglingklines.com

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enjoy.

EVENTS

Saturday, September 19:  North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour

12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Begins at Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
joyboe@hotmail.com

Join the San Diego Second Hand Shopping Society, lead by Joy and Joe, in conjunction with North Park Night’s eco friendly focus theme, for our first annual North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour! We will leave Art Produce at noon sharp for a 2 hour pedal-powered tour of some of N.P.’s finest thrift establishments. Pump up your tires and show support of our local economy and several of North Park’s non-profit organizations by filling your basket with those vintage wares you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! A sundown slideshow presentation with take place at Art Produce from 6-9 that evening.

See images of the tour HERE

Saturday, September 26Meet the Press

6:00 pm
Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
artasauthority@artasauthority.com

Panel discussion about how the arts are covered by the press in San Diego, what constitutes good arts writing, and how do we get more of it. Panel members include: Seth Combs – San Diego CityBeat Arts Editor, Keli Dailey – SignOnSanDiego.com, Patricia Frischer – SDVAN (San Diego Visual Arts Network), and Pam Kragen – North County Times Arts Editor. Moderator is Kevin Freitas – Art as Authority

Saturday, October 3Poetry Reading

6:00 pm

Location: Agitprop
2837 University Avenue (entrance off Utah)   North Park, CA

Poets Frank Montesonti & Jeannine Hall Gailey

This event is free and open to the public. As always, there will be a reception following the reading.
Donations to the gallery are greatly appreciated.

Frank Montesonti teaches creative writing at National University.  His poems have appeared in such journals as Black Warrior Review, AQR, Cream City Review, Poet Lore, Lit, among many others. His chapbook, A Civic Pageant, won the 2007 Black River Chapbook contest.

Jeannine Hall Gailey’s first book of poetry, Becoming the Villainess, was published by Steel Toe Books. Poems from the book were featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and on Verse Daily; two were included in 2007’s The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She was awarded a 2007 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and a 2007 Washington State Artist Trust GAP grant. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Columbia Poetry Review, and Ninth Letter. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches at the MFA program at National University.

Sunday, October 4Residual Spaces Walking Tour

led by Megan Willis

(estudio Teddy Cruz; Woodbury University and New School of Arch. and Design)

1:00 – 3:00pm

Starts at 1 pm sharp at Art Produce Gallery

A short presentation discussing what residual spaces are; followed by a short walk through the neighborhood looking at those spaces that remain as cities and neighborhoods grow, change use, and evolve.

3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Saturday, October 10Old Timey Self-Portrait – Josh Bellfy

and:

Soup with/by Eddie Miramontes

2:00pm

In these harsh economic times, who couldn’t use a nice comforting bowl of soup. Made from Eddie’s Mother’s own recipe.  Free!  … And then take your own self portrait with assistance from Josh Bellfy.

“Brain Trust” closing reception

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Other Stuff…

During the opening reception I had several conversations about how this project came about. Over the course of long hours of carving the original block and casting the 1000 concrete units, I watched A LOT of videos online. I came across the two videos below during this time period and thought that they related really well to many of the ideas that Agitprop and the Brain Trust project have been about from the beginning. I wanted to incorporate both in the exhibition in some way, but I just never came up with a good idea how.  So here they are now.

-David White

Yochai Benkler: Open-Source Econonics

Ralph Nader: Corporate Fascism

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Brain Trust http://agitpropspace.org/2009/08/25/brain-trust-coming-soon/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/08/25/brain-trust-coming-soon/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2009 06:58:17 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=325 brain-blocks-postcard-front

Agitprop moves into a new phase by illustrating some of the work it has done in the past and asking you to participate in future projects by being part of a “brain trust”. This installation addresses issues of social economics, art markets, commodities trading, and community engagement.

 

In “Brain Trust”, Agitprop  turns corporate and art world institutional conventions on their head as a method of generating support for projects based on connectivity and community at the scale of the neighborhood. “Brain Trust” asks people to become “investors” in Agitprop. Agitprop is a space in North Park  that attempts to blur the lines between individual art practice, the Studio, the Gallery and the Neighborhood.

The Agitprop “Brain Trust” is established through “Brain Blocks”, an edition of 1000 concrete sculptures that, when purchased, act as “stock” in Agitprop. “Brain Blocks” simultaneously reference the art market, commodities trading and the “Cube” as an art historical sculptural form. Each sculpture takes the shape of a 4¼ inch cube that resembles the surface pattern of the human brain. Sculptural “shareholders” will become facilitators of Agitprop’s upcoming projects and will be asked in the future for feedback on these same projects. Many of these projects do not readily fit into conventional gallery settings. Past projects include the Agitprop space itself, literature readings, Art Tap Outs I & II (live critiques in the form of underground pugilism), artwork in empty storefronts, collaborations with other neighborhood entities etc.

The initiation of Agitprop as a space, and subsequently the “Brain Trust” project, stems from an examination and response to current art-supportive structures. Contemporary art tends to take primarily two approaches in the distribution of the works of artists: art works commodified through commercial galleries and dealers and/or; non-commercial works whose funding through universities and museums, when traced backwards, eventually leads to a corporate source. This exhibition asks the question “Is it possible to have a local practice supported by those who that practice targets?”

In addition to the “Brain Blocks” portion of the exhibition there will be several single day events over the duration of the exhibition including a walking tour of North Park discussing residual spaces, self-portrait photography sessions, free soup and more… A calendar of these events will be available at the exhibition as well as more info in postings here on agitpropspace.org.

David White

 

Exhibition Dates: September 12, 2009 – October 11th 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, Sept. 12th; 6-9p

Closing Reception: Saturday, October 11; 6-9p

EVENTS

Saturday, September 19:  North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour

12:00 to 2:00 pm
Location: Begins at Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
joyboe@hotmail.com

Join the San Diego Second Hand Shopping Society, lead by Joy and Joe, in conjunction with North Park Night’s eco friendly focus theme, for our first annual North Park Thrift Store Bicycle Tour! We will leave Art Produce at noon sharp for a 2 hour pedal-powered tour of some of N.P.’s finest thrift establishments. Pump up your tires and show support of our local economy and several of North Park’s non-profit organizations by filling your basket with those vintage wares you didn’t know you couldn’t live without! A sundown slideshow presentation with take place at Art Produce from 6-9 that evening, in conjunction with AGITPROP’s current BRAIN TRUST exhibitition.

 

Saturday, September 26Meet the Press

6:00 pm
Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA
info/contact:
artasauthority@artasauthority.com

Panel discussion about how the arts are covered by the press in San Diego, what constitutes good arts writing, and how do we get more of it. Panel members include: Seth Combs – San Diego CityBeat Arts Editor, Keli Dailey – SignOnSanDiego.com, Patricia Frischer – SDVAN (San Diego Visual Arts Network), and Pam Kragen – North County Times Arts Editor. Moderator is Kevin Freitas – Art as Authority

Saturday, October 3Poetry Reading

6:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Sunday, October 4Residual Spaces Walking Tour

led by Megan Willis

1:00 – 3:00pm

Starts at 1 pm sharp at Art Produce Gallery

3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Saturday, October 10Old Timey Self-Portrait – Josh Bellfy

and:

Soup with/by Eddie Miramontes

2:00pm

In these harsh economic times, who couldn’t use a nice comforting bowl of soup. Made from Eddie’s Mother’s own recipe.  Free!  … And then take your own self portrait with assistance from Josh Bellfy.

“Brain Trust” closing reception

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Art Produce Gallery
3139 University Avenue
North Park, CA

Images from the opening: 


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Andrew Printer – Second Thoughts From Normal Heights http://agitpropspace.org/2009/08/01/andrew-printer-second-thoughts-from-normal-heights/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/08/01/andrew-printer-second-thoughts-from-normal-heights/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2009 20:03:47 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=280

second-thoughts-exhibit

Agitprop presents “Second Thoughts From Normal Heights”, an exhibition of recent work by emerging photographer Andrew Printer.

“Second Thoughts From Normal Heights” comprises two series of images addressing themes of gay male representation, queer identity and gay assimilation. In addition to premiering his photographs in San Diego, Printer invites the community to engage with the themes that motivate his work by participating in a free writing workshop facilitated by Rob Williams (a local writer and popular writing instructor – rsvp required) followed by a public reading.

The primary series of images being exhibited at Agitprop is Second Thoughts From Normal Heights, from which the exhibition takes its name. Each of 12 photographs lifts a convoluted gesture, pose or tactic employed by a homosexual photographer of the twentieth century in the name of desire and drops it into a variety of domestic spaces in Normal Heights.

Printer says: “Many of these once plausible strategies (designed to circumvent censure by adhering to codes of Art, fitness or social documentation look profoundly peculiar to me. Equally peculiar to me is the recent, adamant drift of the broader LGBT community toward “respectability” as it aims to assimilate into hetero-normative structures at the expense of its own history. For me there is something inauthentic and awkward at the root of this drive. Desire has gone. Domesticity reigns. Alternative possibilities are long forgotten.”

Also on view is “Men in White Towels”, a series of photographs depicting men lost in the streets and alleys of San Diego. The photographs were inspired by the closure of Club 2200 (aka: the Mustang Spa), a bright pink bathhouse on University Ave. that catered to gay men in San Diego for many years.

Andrew Printer’s photographs and video work have been exhibited in group, juried and solo shows in both Europe and across the United States. Images from Second Thoughts From Normal Heights have been selected into important juried shows in Sacramento, New Mexico and Long Beach. Printer obtained his undergraduate degree in Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of California, Irvine.

Images are attached to this press release. Interviews and additional information about the writing workshop and reading is available by contacting Andrew Printer at 619 252-9711 or by email at aprinter619@aol.com.

Exhibition Dates: August 8 – September 12, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8; 6-9p

Writing Workshop (rsvp necessary): Saturday, August 15; 11a-4p

Closing Reception/Readings: Saturday, September 12; 6-9p

(Free Public Readings scheduled for: 7-8:30p)

Agitprop
2837 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
(entrance on Utah Street)
Agitprop phone: 619-384-7989

blog: http://agitpropspace.org

Writing Workshop RSVP: aprinter619@aol.com

Hours

opening and closing receptions and by appointment

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Satellite Ensemble http://agitpropspace.org/2009/05/28/satellite-ensemble/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/05/28/satellite-ensemble/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 00:10:17 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=270  

Satellite Ensemble II: An Event of Creative Transience

Satellite Ensemble II: An Event of Creative Transience

 

 

 


May-30th 2009 Agitprop, 3:00-5:00 pm; 2837 University Avenue 
Lui Velazquez, 4:00-9:00 pm; research papers for sale Calle Jose Maria Larroque #273, 2do Piso, Int. 6, Colonia Federal, Tijuana, Baja CA

Trolley Rides Every 30 Minutes to Tijuana
Bring Passport and $5 for Transportation

There are many spaces between neighborhoods in San Diego and Tijuana that resonate with stories from the personal to the universal. The everyday occurrences such as a daily commute are often dwarfed by stories that reach the world news about wall extension, immigrant rights restriction, drug cartels, or viral infection. However what is lasting though perhaps not spectacular and rarely news worthy, is the mundane, daily ritual completed by thousands.

Satellite Ensemble II is a multi-sited series of creative works by UCSD artists that explore border issues between San Diego and Mexico. There will be artwork on display at Agitprop, in North Park, and Lui Velazquez, in Tijuana; the transit between the two spaces will also showcase performance pieces from participating artists.

Crystal Z Cambell: Edible Borders is a two-cake, two-country, one-border work. A separate cake will be displayed in two destinations, one specifically at AgitProp in North Park, and the other at Lui Velazquez in Tijuana. The identical twin cakes are parallel in scale with a medley of artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors. The two cakes in Edible Borders are part of a larger conversation of sweet, yet guilty and ambiguous pleasures derived and consumed via an artificial boundary.

Chris Head, Micha Cárdenas, Elle Mehrmand, Katherine Sweetman, Felipe Zuniga and Camilo Ontiveros combine efforts in an ongoing collaborative piece, The Freephone Project. Through performative gesture Head, Cardenas, and Mehrmand aim at drawing attention to the Freephone that provides assistance to people in need who enter Tijuana.

The Satellite Ensemble was founded by MFA students in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD. It engages the San Diego community through multi-venue activities and exhibitions, encouraging new explorations in the field of contemporary art. This project strives to engage the public and contribute to a dialogue for visual art in the San Diego area. For more information about Satellite Ensemble please contact Claire Zitzow.

The Satellite Ensemble is sponsored and supported by UCSD’s Visual Arts Department.

 

A little history…

April 11th, 2009: Agitprop & Lui Velazquez
On April 11th at 4pm, artists, writers, thinkers, musicians gathered at Agitprop in North Park (University Ave & Utah St.) for a day of travel and discussion. With passports and exact change in hand we rode public transit bus and rail to San Ysidro and walked to the Lui Velazquez art space (Calle Jose Maria Larroque in Tijuana). This hour and twenty minutes of travel through a small cross section of southern California was inatended to be the catalyst for creative works to be showcased at and between both venues. With our freshly invigorated minds and energy, we spent the evening of the 11th discussing our visions for projects however ephemeral, immediate, or monumental.

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Creative Fix http://agitpropspace.org/2009/04/25/creative-fix/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/04/25/creative-fix/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2009 05:37:23 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=234

‘Creative Fix’ Invites Artists to Play an Active Role in Politics

April 16 and 17
Marcuse Gallery

noon to 4:30 p.m.
Visual Arts Facility, University of California
San Diego, CA

May 2
Agitprop

3 to 6 p.m.
2837 University Avenue (entrance on Utah)
North Park, San Diego, CA

May 30 
compactspace

3 to 7 p.m.
105 E 6th Street 
Los Angeles, CA

La Jolla, California — In her upcoming project, “Creative Fix,” Sheryl Oring asks artists what they would do to fix the country if they could do anything at all. Oring, 43, is a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts candidate at the University of California, San Diego. She is calling artists to the university’s Marcuse Gallery on April 16 & 17, Agitprop in San Diego on May 2, and compactspace in Los Angeles on May 30, to discuss their creative solutions for our country. Oring will make one-minute videos of their answers and post them on YouTube. By doing so, Oring hopes to bring artists into the contemporary political debate. Artists of all types – writers, musicians, visual artists, architects etc. – are invited to participate.

“Creative Fix” is currently California-based and has the potential to expand to an international scale as viewers respond to the videos posted on Oring’sYouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/iwishtosay. The final shape of the participatory project depends on the creativity of respondents.

The idea for “Creative Fix” grew out of Oring’s most recent past work, a public art project called “I Wish to Say.” For this, Oring set out to gather public opinion during the 2008 presidential election by setting up an “office” – complete with a manual typewriter – in public places and inviting passersby to dictate postcards to the next president. Many people spoke out for change, and Oring feels the challenges facing this nation demand attention from more than just the usual suspects. Artists, she said, can offer a fresh perspective on many of the most pressing issues of the day.

“In other parts of the world, artists play a legitimate role in politics and political debate,” said Oring, citing examples such as Václav Havel, the playwright who became president of Czechoslovakia, and the German political system, in which the arts play a significant role in local and national political institutions. “In the U.S., however, artists are seen as suspect. I’d like to do one small thing to change this and bring more creativity to American politics.”

Oring is a first-year MFA student focused on public culture. Led by architect Teddy Cruz, Public Culture is a new emphasis at UC San Diego’s Department of Visual Arts. Cruz is Oring’s mentor.

More About the Artist:

Sheryl Oring is the author of “I Wish to Say: The Birthday Project,” a book published in 2008 that features a collection of birthday cards for former President George Bush, which were dictated at public events Oring held in eight cities across the country. Named ABC News’ Person of the Week by Peter Jennings for her performance piece “I Wish to Say” during the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City, Oring is a former journalist (The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Die Welt) whose provocative work explores the intersection of language, politics and memory. Her past work includes “Writing Home,” a performance in which she invited people to dictate letters to their ancestors; and “Writer’s Block,” a sculptural installation made out of hundreds of antique typewriters. She has received fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts and the Robert Bosch Foundation; held a residency as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program; and exhibited in museums, cultural centers, galleries and public spaces in the United States, Europe and India. Oring has a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has studied art history and theory at the Humboldt University in Berlin. She is working on an MFA in Visual Arts with an emphasis in public culture at UC San Diego.

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Security For All – closing reception http://agitpropspace.org/2009/04/19/security-for-all-closing-reception/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/04/19/security-for-all-closing-reception/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2009 04:59:38 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=240  

Please join us for the closing reception of “Security For All”

Saturday April 25th 2009 7-10 pm

 

(4) Artists

We have shared a myriad of daily-lived experiences: personal, generational, and contextual questions and insights. In a place like Mexico City we experimented with artistic resistance, growing up in the moment where an artistic scene was forming. Over time, we saw museums, schools, galleries, and collections emerge from the labored efforts of contemporary artists born and raised in the “city”.

 

Argentinean born Rodrigo Sastre decided to leave the University of Buenos Aires in his last year of study. He had come to the realization that his education was “incomplete”. He enrolled in “La Esmeralda” School of Art in Mexico City, seeking a different analytical paradigm. Since then, he has worked under the tutelage of established artists. Over the last seven years, he has worked in his principle medium, drawing, with an intense focus on North American popular culture from the 80’s.

Hector Ivan Delgado (MX) belongs to the Educational Public Institution in Mexico City. From this work (the total bureaucracy) he has developed workshops on social justice and equity.

Orlando Díaz (MX) is a studio artist, with a primary interest in painting. He has forged a pictorial engagement with invented characters, and a collection of anecdotes that reflect the human capacity for destruction.

And , Judith Pedroza, with an unusual education between Design and the Arts, has spent the last few years working in collectives with the idea of bringing groups with different art interests together in dialogue. Most recently, her life has been occupied with various endeavors: Changing her area of academic study, exchanging books with professors and students, and battling with political groups, “Grupos de choques,” to save her family home in Mexico City.

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Call for entries- Agitprop/Lui Velazquez http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/30/call-for-entries-agitproplui-velazquez/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/30/call-for-entries-agitproplui-velazquez/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2009 05:08:23 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/?p=155 SATELLITE ENSEMBLE II

INVITES YOU

On APRIL 11TH at 4pm, artists, writers, thinkers, musicians will be
gathering at AGITPROP in North Park -University Ave & Utah St- for a day
of travel and discussion. With passports and exact change in hand we will
ride public transit bus and rail to San Ysidro and walk to the LUI
VELAZQUEZ
art space -Calle José Maria Larroque- in Tijuana. This hour and
twenty minutes of travel through a small cross section of southern
California will be the catalyst for creative works to be showcased at and
between both venues on the last weekend of May. With our freshly
invigorated minds and energy, we will spend the evening of the 11th
discussing our visions for projects however ephemeral, immediate, or
monumental. All interested creative minds must attend this initial field
trip if they want to participate in the final events. 

RSVP if interested or with questions: satelliteensemble@gmail.com

Proposals will be reviewed by Satellite Ensemble, Lui Velasquez, and Agitprop before the final event.

THINGS TO BRING

  • passports or birth certificate and ID
  • small sleeping bag or blanket if spending the night
  • cash for bus, train, food, tequila ($5 will get you a day pass that works for the bus and the trolley)
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Engaging in Aesthetics is a Taxing Enterprise http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/29/engaging-in-aesthetics-is-a-taxing-enterprise/ http://agitpropspace.org/2009/03/29/engaging-in-aesthetics-is-a-taxing-enterprise/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2009 16:46:20 +0000 David White http://agitpropspace.org/blog/?p=71  

This event was based on a simple premise: Tax preparation as art.   It was included in a show called “nineRooms” in Solana Beach CA.  The space that the exhibition was in was formerly an office building.  Each artist was given a small room/cubicle to work in.  This lent itself to an idea that I had wanted to do for a long time, have an event that would help people with the filing of their taxes.  ”nineRooms” was on March 19th of 2009, the perfect time of year for tax preparation.  This event was a collaboration between myself two professional tax advisors, Farhad and David, and Rebecca, a business consultant.

 

-David

return to   davidwhitework.com 

 

 

David and Rebecca setting up

David and Rebecca setting up

 

the office/cubicle

the office/cubicle: David and Farhad consulting

more consultation

more consultation

more

leftover items

leftover items

Farhad, current accountant, aspiring architect

Farhad, current accountant, aspiring architect

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